The book was extremely engaging and well written. The format of being written as a series of letters kept the suspense going. The main character had a lot of complexity and was not always likable, but she evolved during the course of the book.
This story just continues to build on itself and on the characters. In the beginning I started off not feeling sure because it was more about how the couple met and their early life but this background is vitally important to the story overall. By the end of the book I literally could not stop listening, and when it was over...I wish there was more to listen to
Wonderful speaker. The beginning is vey interesting. I wish the problem with Kevin had been revealed a little earlier. It does seem to go on and on and on. While I can appreciate all this mother has had to go through I am getting a bit bored.
I really liked this book... much better than the movie. The movie could not convey the more subtle happenings and twists of relationship that were skillfully conveyed in the book. The subtleties were what made this book more interesting than a run-of-the-mill bad seed book/movie.
The premise of the book sounds like so many headlines we've seen, but no, its so unpredictable. Well written, suspenseful and well thought out. You're just shaken at the end. The whole time I thought I knew what would happen in the end but wow, what a twist. You will not be able to stop listening.
Say something about yourself!
I chose this book based on strong recommendations from others. However, this book took me awhile to get into, and it was not at all what I expected. I expected the book to focus more on the crime itself, rather than the mother's feelings about her marriage, life and child. It kept me interested enough to continue and the ending was very good. I'm glad I stuck with it, but I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as the majority of readers seemed to.
Doubt it - I reread very few books
The ending is stunning. All the clues were there, I just managed to go right by them.
The scene in Eva's map covered office.
No - it was difficult to find anything to like about Eva (main character and narrator); she is vain, arrogant, and opinionated. She had nothing but contempt for the peripheral characters and treated the main characters (her husband and children) in a very cold and disdainful manner. Eva had her own world with her own rules and she had no problem spitting them out in her very haughty way. She has no friends and she doesn't seem to want any.
I had to be able to turn the narration off so I could walk away and think about what I'd heard.
Every once in a while a book has a profund effect on me - I was deeply moved by Still Alice, Love in the Time of Cholera, and the House of Sand and Fog. 'Kevin" is another book that will stay with me for a long time. I'm looking forward to discussing it with my friends who read it for their book clubs and get their reactions. This book was very provocative to me because of its premise; I did not expect the very visceral responses I experienced.
This is a most unusually written book! It starts slowly, and builds in intrigue! The topic is timely, and throughout, gives just occasional hints to tempt the listener to continue. The perspective is that of the mother's - and I was amazed to learn that the author is a man. Just enough 'bait' to keep you listening at the first - and then BAM! some horrific hints that made me keep listening after I got out of the car and into the house - something I rarely do! Don't miss this one! It's rarely that I do not guess the outcome of a tale early in the reading - this one --- I was into the last fourth of the reading that I began to even guess the outcome! A haunting tale to be sure. Full of the emotional struggles of parenthood, relationships and guilt. Don't miss this one!
I loved the way the author could get inside the character's head. It was fascinating.
Kevin was bewildering. Imagining a child acting the way he did was puzzling, however the author knit Kevin together in such detail that I thought about him for days, even weeks afterward.
The calm, steady voice of a woman who is trying to tell herself that everything is fine and it's all going to be ok, while refusing to believe what she knows to be true.
The book was darker than I expected, but the writing was incredible. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.
Insufferably smug narrator. Intolerably pretentious writing style - like going to a minor hell where you're forced to hear the inner thoughts of someone who isn't very interesting. Telling, telling, and not showing. God. Somebody just shoot me now. Why did I download this thing?